Ward defended Blake against charges of madness, claiming that 'There can be no doubt of his having been what the world calls a man of genius. But his genius was of a peculiar character, sometimes above, sometimes below the comprehension of his fellow-men.' Ward was decidedly eccentric but he was among the artists who recognised the merits of Blake's group of woodcuts illustrating Robert Thornton's translation of Virgil.
Gallery label, August 2004
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